Independents not worthy of name
I MUST correct the belief of Stuart Dove (May 24) that Ashford Borough Council has five independent councillors. There is only one independent councillor as the other four represent Ashford Independent, which is a political party registered with the Electoral Commission. Their registered leader, Cllr Davison, firmly made the point that they were a registered political party when he was questioning the rota system for the selection of the new Deputy Mayor at the recent selection committee meeting (see report page 15, May 24). As with any political party, Ashford Independent has a manifesto, and there is the possibility of a local need being diluted to meet the overall aims of a particular party. My view is that parties like Ashford Independent – and there are many others with similar names in the UK – have hijacked the word independent to mislead the electorate; this partly answers Stuart Dove’s concern of apathy, as the electorate does not see the independence they believed they voted for. David Smith, independent councillor for South Willesborough, Royds Road, Ashford.